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|El Zorro: Comienza su destino
publisher: , 2004
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam,
translation: Margaret Sayers Peden
|Born in southern California late in the 18th century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his mother, a Shoshone warrior. Diego learns from his maternal grandmother, White Owl, the ways of her tribe while receiving from his father lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding. It is here, during Diego's childhood, filled with mischief and adventure, that he witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and first feels the inner conflict of his heritage. At the age of sixteen, Diego is sent to Barcelona for a European education.
In a country chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule, Diego follows
| the example of his celebrated fencing master and joins La Justicia, a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor. With these tumultuous times as backdrop, Diego falls in love, saves the persecuted, and confronts for the first time a great rival who emerges from the world of privilege. Between California and Barcelona, the New World and the Old, the persona of Zorro is formed, a great hero is born and the legend begins. After many adventures – duels at dawn, fierce battles with pirates at sea, and impossible rescues – Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro, returns to America to reclaim the hacienda on which he was raised and to seek justice for all who cannot fight for it themselves.
|BOOKS BY ISABEL ALLENDE:|
The House of the Spirits
The saga of the Trueba family, whose passions, struggles and secrets span three generations and a century of violent social change.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS?|
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez, 1967
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Edwidge Danticat, 1994
A swashbuckling adventure story that reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man we all know so well.
Born in the back room of the mansion where her mother toils, and herself in service from an early age, the enchanting and ever-enchanted Eva Luna escapes oppression through story telling.
|Inés of My Soul|
Only months after the inauguration of Chile's first female president, Allende recounts in her usual sweeping style the grand tale of Doña Inés Suárez (1507-1580), arguably the country's founding mother.
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